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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 8, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available all month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Full January schedule online.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Crafter Madness for Adults": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Attention crafters! The Library will be handing out Conversation Heart Magnets craft kits on Monday, February 8 with instructions for you to take home and create. No registration is necessary, these kits are available on a first come, first serve basis. To view more library events, please visit   ;
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 734-449-0066. info@ntal.og [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafternoon for Kids": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Stop by the Library for a craft during the month of February. We will be offering Crafternoons on Mondays, from February 1 - 25.  No registration is necessary. These crafts are available on a first come, first serve basis. To view more library events, please visit Feel free to post your creations to our Facebook Page @Northfield Township Area Library.    
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"OLLI Reads": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute OLLI Reads.

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Feb. 8 & 24. All invited to discuss 2 new books.

Feb. 8: Alice Randall's historical novel Black Bottom Saints, which brings to life Black Bottom, the artful Detroit neighborhood which was demolished for redevelopment in the early 1960s.

Feb. 24: U-M anthropology professor and physician Scott Stonington's gripping ethnography The Spirit Ambulance: Choreographing the End of Life in Thailand.
For URL email $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Music Together": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Birth - 5 years & Caregiver. Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30-minute online class - no musical instruments necessary! Additional content is provided throughout the week to encourage continued music-making at home. Registered families receive a Bells cd and songbook + access to download music. Music Together® Mixed Age classes, even when they're online, encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Instructor: Stephanie Urban. 9 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $50 material fee.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $159. 734 994 2300 X 0. Birth - 5 years & Caregiver. Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30

 11 a.m. 

"Exploring Nature with Nutty Scientists in the Pioneer Woods": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2.5 - 5 years & Adult. Find out what nature has to offer in Ann Arbor's beautiful winter wonderland! Professor Pollen will lead Junior Scientists and their "Adult Assistants" on a trek through the Pioneer Woods and Forest where we learn how to observe like a scientist. Search for evidence of wildlife, discover the diversity of plants and trees and learn a bit about forest ecology. Think of it as a Nutty Nature Scavenger Hunt with the Nutty Scientists! The two ecology walks will focus on different aspects of nature and different parts of the forest and/or prairie - sign up for one or both! Please wear a face mask and weather-appropriate clothing to class. The First Steps Early Childhood PTO will help to provide winter outerwear for families in need who otherwise would not be able to participate. Instructors: Professor Pollen. Scholarship recipients pay $5.
Pioneer Woods, 1515 S. Seventh St. $19. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Toe Tappers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3-5. Toe Tappers will have a blast while learning about rhythm and coordination. Sam introduces children to basic tap steps as well as ways to move through space like skipping, sliding, jumping and hopping. Creative movement activities will also spark their imaginations to move in new ways! Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Tap shoes are helpful though not required for the virtual class. Instructor: Sam Coffin. 9 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email or call 998-9353. Free.

 1 - 3 p.m.  Online 

"Understanding US-Iran Relations": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This Study Group will be online.
This group study is intended to foster a better understanding of US-Iran relations.
The topics include a brief review of Iran relations with Europe; US early missionaries in Iran; US and Iran political and cultural relations during Qajar dynasty; US and Iran relations during Pahlavi dynasty that includes: the 1953 coup-post coup cooperation-cold war-oil revenue factor, US military assistance etc.; The 1979 revolution; Iran hostage crisis; Iran-Iraq war; Iran's nuclear program ; Iran negotiations for nuclear deal; nuclear deal termination; recent tension between US and Iran.
Instructor Moe Bidgoli was professor of computer science and information system for 35 years.
This study group will meet Mondays for four weeks beginning on February 8. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Positive Links Speaker Series": U-M Ross Business School Center for Positive Organizations.

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Feb. 8 & 22. Talks by visiting scholars on practical science-based strategies to build and bolster organizations.

Feb. 8: Character Lab founder and CEO Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania psychology professor, and her grad student Daniel Southwick on "The Trouble with 'Talent': Why Describing Ability as 'Talent' May Undermine Grit in the Workplace."

Feb. 22: NYU social psychology professor Dolly Chugh on "The Person You Mean to Be."
For URL see Free.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Art and Activism: Designing the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers of Virginia": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Panel discussion with memorial designers Mabel Wilson, Meejin Yoon, Eric Höweler, and Eto Otitigbe. U-M American culture professor Kristin Ann Hass moderates.
For URL see Free.

 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Decolonizing Methods: Nubia and the Politics of Knowledge": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies/Global Islamic Studies Center.

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U-M faculty panelists discuss the fraught intersections of race, politics, and history in the Global South. With Yasmin Moll (anthropology), Geoff Emberling (Kelsey Archaeology Museum researcher), and Michael Fahy (education studies). Moderated by Samer Ali (Arabic language and literature). Also, a performance by mother-daughter duo Mona-Sherif and Nabra Nelson. Mona, a Nubia native, is the founder of the Nubian Foundation for Preserving a Cultural Heritage based in L.A; Nabra is the Foundation's director and theater artist.
For URL preregister at Free.

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Olive Oil Tasting: Fustini's Oils & Vinegars.

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Every Mon. & Tues. Fustini's staffers sample and discuss various olive oils.
For URL call 213-1110. $60, includes samples available for curbside pickup or delivery.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That'll Knock Your Socks Off": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Best-selling personal finance journalist Beth Kobliner discusses her parents Shirley and Harold Kobliner's compendium designed to stimulate fun and games in exploration of common idioms and sayings.

7 p.m., Online at Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trenton Puppet Board of Trustees": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Imaginary board meeting for hand puppets over Zoom to discuss issues pertaining to puppets. Have your own puppet make a live "Puppet Citizen Comment" near the beginning or end of the meeting, if you like, or email your puppet's prerecorded comment to The puppets' human masters must remain invisible at all times.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead an acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome, no experience playing Scandinavian music necessary.
7:30-9:30 p.m., for URL email Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Formation of West Virginia": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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All invited to join a live Facebook discussion of Eric Wittenberg's presentation on his new book Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia. For Wittenberg's hour-long talk, see
Online at (search "AACWRT"). Free.

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